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New Categories and More Chances to Win in 2012 Entrepreneur Awards

Cash prizes worth £115,000 are once again being offered to entrepreneurial businesses, charities, social enterprises and individuals in Merseyside, Cheshire, Shropshire, North Wales and the Wolverhampton area.

The Morgan Foundation Entrepreneur Awards 2012 have just been launched and offer more opportunities than ever to win one of 19 cash prizes in seven different categories.

As well as winning a valuable injection of capital into their ventures, award winners will gain access to a range of professional services to help them grow.

Now in their sixth year, the awards are run by The Morgan Foundation and are sponsored by UK housebuilder Redrow Homes.

There’s a brand new category for ‘Best Individual Entrepreneur working in a Social Enterprise or Charity’ and other categories have been honed to distinguish between those enterprises making the best social contribution and those which are having an economic impact in the region.

North west businessman Steve Morgan OBE, founder and chairman of Redrow and chairman of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, said: “In the past it’s sometimes proved difficult to compare organisations that are making either a social or economic contribution, so this year we have decided to reward both.  We already recognise the Best New Business and the Best Young Entrepreneur under 25, but we have introduced a new category for entrepreneurs working in the non-profit sector.

“These changes are very much in keeping with The Morgan Foundation’s ethos of making a difference to people’s lives.  The benefits of winning one of these awards are far reaching – including a much needed capital injection, professional help and advice and the boost to staff morale.”

Among those who know what a difference winning a Morgan Foundation Entrepreneur Award can make is Easy MCS, in Saltney, Chester, winner of last year’s ‘Best New Business’ award.

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) support specialists and renewable training providers have invested their £20,000 prize in a purpose built, outdoor training academy, where heating engineers, electrical contractors and building contractors are taught how to install the latest micro-generation technologies used to produce electricity and heat from renewable sources, including solar panels and heat pumps. Steve Morgan will officially open the new academy this summer.

Thomas Farquhar, of Easy MCS – himself a runner up in the ‘Young Entrepreneur’ category last year - said: “Winning the award was a major boost for our business. We already had plans to develop our training academy but the cash prize allowed us to get it up and running much more quickly than we envisaged. We’re providing in-situ training, distance learning and mentoring to tradesmen from all over the country.”

Last year’s winner of the ‘Best Young Entrepreneur’ title was 22-year-old Simon Roberts. His social enterprise venture, Roberts Recycling, on Knowsley Industrial Park, in Kirkby, Liverpool, diverts unwanted clothes and other items from landfill, and also offers employment and training. 

Said Simon: “Winning has made a massive difference to myself and my business. Not only have I gained some fantastic free publicity but also recognition from within the industry. The confidence I gained from the award itself has also been immense and has acted almost as a platform for me to build on and take the business to the next level.”

This year’s Morgan Foundation Entrepreneur Awards opened today (June 25th) and entrants have until September 7th, 2012 to apply. The awards are free to enter and it’s simple to apply. See the website for more details: www.mf-awards.co.uk.

A panel of independent business leaders and experts will select the finalists, who will then present in person at the final judging in October. Winners and runners-up will be announced at a Gala Awards Dinner at Carden Park Hotel, near Chester on Thursday, November 15th, 2012.


Notes to Editors:

The main Award sponsors are Redrow plc. Co-sponsors and event partners are Deloitte, Brabners Chaffe Street LLP, DRP Group, Public Image Inc and NMC Design+Print

Full details about the Awards can be found at www.mf-awards.co.uk

Awards categories and prize money:

Category

1st Prize

Runner-up

Runner-up

Best New Business – less than 4 years old

£20,000

£5,000

£5,000

Best Young Entrepreneur

£10,000

£2,500

£2,500

Social Enterprise or Charity making Best Social Contribution

£10,000

£5,000

£5,000

Best Entrepreneurial Charity or Social Enterprise

£10,000

£5,000

£5,000

Best Business making an Economic Contribution

£5,000

£2,500

£2,500

Best Individual Entrepreneur working in a Charity or Social Enterprise

£5,000

£2,500

£2,500

Against All Odds – person, business, social enterprise or charity overcoming the greatest difficulties to succeed

£10,000

Steve Morgan

Born in Liverpool, Steve Morgan, 59, is the founder of Redrow plc, which he started at the age of 21 with the aid of a £5,000 loan from his father. Under his leadership Redrow became one of the UK's most successful homebuilders. He stepped down as Chairman in November 2000, although his company, Bridgemere, remained one of the largest shareholders.  Steve returned to the helm at Redrow in March 2009.

Steve is also Chairman of the Bridgemere Group of Companies, which has significant land and commercial development interests. Bridgemere’s other activities include Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, Trinity Aviation and Carden Park Hotel.

In August 2007 Steve became Chairman of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club following a unique deal with former owner Sir Jack Hayward. Wolves were crowned Champions of the Championship in 2009 and were promoted to the Premiership.

The Morgan Foundation

The Morgan Foundation was created in 2001 by Steve Morgan with the purpose of supporting charities across North Wales, Merseyside, West Cheshire and North Shropshire. Since 2001 it has provided over £9m of funding. This year’s funding target is £1.5m.

Its aim and philosophy is to ‘make a difference’ by providing funding for small to medium sized organisations that are addressing specific needs.

Help is focussed mainly on those who work directly with children and families, but it is interested in all projects that enhance the quality of life for people in the region, particularly those suffering from disability or disadvantage.

For more information visit: www.morganfoundation.co.uk

Wolves Aid, part of Wolves Community Trust

Wolves Community Trust is the club’s official charity. It is based on five key charitable objectives: health, social inclusion, multi-sports, education and, via Wolves Aid, community donations.

Steve Morgan announced in February 2008 that The Morgan Foundation would give 10% of its annual budget specifically to Wolves Aid to distribute in the form of community donations.

For more information visit: www.wolvescommunitytrust.org.uk.